Vandoorne on Pole in Hong Kong

Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne secured his maiden Formula E podium for HWA in Hong Kong in changeable conditions. 

Oliver Rowland will make a  rookie one-two on the grid after the British driver could only take his Nissan to second. Andre Lotterer will start third after being promoted via Edorado Mortara’s penalty for speeding under red flag conditions.

Vandoorne led an HWA 1-2 in a wet group qualifying, and a further shower prior to super pole meant conditions were the worst they had been all day. He set a 1:11.580 to eclipse Rowland by 0.323 seconds in the battle for a rookie pole.

It gives HWA it’s first points of its five-race FE tenure and moves it ahead of Geox Dragon to ninth in the teams’ championship and marks the 2015 GP2 champion’s first pole since 2016 in Super Formula.

Edoardo Mortara qualified in third for Venturi but received a three-place grid penalty for speeding under red flag conditions, brought out by reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne who spun his DS Techeetah out of the final corner. He had his lap time deleted as a result, leaving him 18th on the grid.

Gart Paffett made a mistake on his flying lap in Super Pole and will start from fourth with Lucas Di Grassi in fifth who also made a mistake on his Super Pole lap.

Sam Bird will start seventh ahead of 2015/16 champion Sebastien Buemi, who set identical times but Bird being in the first group means he starts ahead of the Nissan e.dams driver.

Felipe Massa was ninth for Venturi, after running deep into the Turn 1 hairpin, with FP2 pacesetter Robin Frijns completing the top 10 forVirgin Racing.

Championship leaders Antonio Felix da Costa and the two Mahindras of Pascal Wehrlein and Jerome d’Ambrosio massively struggled for pace. Wehrlein out-qualified his more experienced team-mate but both were over three seconds slower than Vandoorne’s group qualifying time, locking out the back row of the grid.

 

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